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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Established 1995
Type Public university system
Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone
Students 430,000 (credit and non-credit)[1]
Location St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Campus 54 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities
Wells Fargo Place, the headquarters of the System.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (commonly abbreviated as "MnSCU") comprises 31 colleges and universities, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities. Its headquarters are in Suite 350 of the Wells Fargo Place in St. Paul.[2] The system is separate from the University of Minnesota system.


  • Mission 1
  • Overview 2
  • Operations 3
  • Member Universities and Colleges 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system of distinct and collaborative institutions offers higher education that meets the personal and career goals of a wide range of individual learners, enhances the quality of life for all Minnesotans and sustains vibrant economies throughout the state.


  • The law creating the Minnesota State system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system. Instead of three separate governing boards and three chancellors, there is now one board and one chancellor for the entire system.
  • The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has 31 institutions on 54 campuses in 47 communities.
  • The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment.
  • All of the system's two-year community and technical colleges have an open admissions policy, which means that anyone with a high school diploma or GED may enroll.
  • Tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is lower than tuition at private colleges, private trade schools or the University of Minnesota.
  • About 93,300 students took online courses during the 2009-2010 academic year. A complete list of online courses, programs and services can be found at
  • An appropriation by the state of Minnesota was supposed to cover 66% of the cost to educate students, as of 2014 the state only provides about 50%.
  • The job placement rate at two-year colleges is 92.6 percent, meaning that 92.6 percent of graduates find jobs quickly in their chosen fields.
  • More than 80 percent of graduates stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is the largest system of higher education in Minnesota. Annually it educates over 430,000 students in a variety of locations throughout the state. MnSCU members offer a range of collegiate programs from associates degrees to applied doctorates. Individual university and college members have, by comparison, significantly smaller endowments, and receive less state funding than comparable members of the University of Minnesota system. [3][4]

Member Universities and Colleges

4-Year State Universities:

All of the above were formerly governed by the Minnesota State University System.

2-Year Community and Technical Colleges:[5][3]
Online courses and programs:
  • Minnesota Online is a gateway to the online course offerings of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. More than 150 academic programs are available completely or predominantly online.


  1. ^ "Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Amazing Facts." Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. October, 2010.
  2. ^ "Home." Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Retrieved on February 28, 2012. "30 7th St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN"
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External links

  • Visit the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Web site
  • The Higher Learning Commission: Directory of HLC Institutions
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